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Malaysian Cinema and Beyond: Genre, Representation and the Nation

Author :  Wan Aida Wan Yahaya (Ed)

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SIRD-Strategic Information and Research Development Centre, Malaysia
ISBN 9786297575148
Format PaperBack
Language English
Year of Publication 2024
Bib. Info xviii, 222p.
Product Weight 400 gms.
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In exploring the diverse landscape of Malaysian cinema, this book delves into the intricate intersections of genre, representation, and the nation. From the golden era of P Ramlee's musical comedies to contemporary horror, action, and arthouse films, the book charts the evolution of Malaysian cinema and its cultural significance. With a critical lens, it analyses how different genres have been used to express social and political issues, as well as how representations of gender, ethnicity, and religion have shaped the identity of the nation on screen. From the iconic representation of the ‘ideal’ Malay woman to the subversion of cultural norms in independent films, the book examines the complex negotiations between the local and the global, the traditional and the modern, and the dominant and the marginal. A must-read for anyone interested in Southeast Asian cinema and its cultural politics.

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